Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, offers daily public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help New Yorkers of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness, and humor.

Featured Programs

(April) Meditation In Everyday Life (2-for-1 Discount)

with Rick Redondo

April 15th—May 13th

The meditator's instruction manual. Learn how to cultivate strength, stability, and clarity of mind in this 5-week course. Bring a friend and you each pay half price! Continue »

(May) Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Ciprian Iancu

May 1st—May 3rd

Establish or deepen your meditation practice in this powerful weekend retreat. By developing more intimacy with the present moment, you can re-emerge with a fresh outlook on your life and your world. Continue »

Becoming a Shambhala Person: Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

May 15th—May 17th

Taking Refuge marks one's formal entry into the Buddhist path. The Bodhisattva Vow is an aspiration to dedicate oneself and all that one does to the benefit of all sentient beings. Continue »

Articles & Podcast

  • Meditation In the City Podcast New York

    A Conversation with Shastri Ethan Nichtern – Podcast Episode No. 72


    Shastri Ethan Nichtern, author of the newly released The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path joins our podcast host for a lively conversation about hanging out in Arkansas, hiding out in Austin, getting by in Providence and getting older in Williamsburg. Oh, and we talk about Buddhism and the book too. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala … Continue 

  • Meditation In the City

    What Am I Doing Wrong? – Podcast Episode No. 71


    John Ankele discusses how we often approach meditation motivated by this question, in this episode of the podcast. Seduced by the promise of bliss, we can miss the point. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. Or listen to us on Stitcher. Share what you’re … Continue 

  • Meditation In Everyday Life Podcast

    Paying Attention to Impermanence – Podcast Episode No. 70


    David Perrin engages the Weekly Dharma Gathering crowd in a lively exchange around one of the foundational tenets of Buddhism: Impermanence. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. Or listen to us on Stitcher. Hmmm… do you think my friends are impermanent too? I better tell them all … Continue